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June 16, 2005

Vol 3 • No 22

Arrows up for Beebe, Pryor and Asa

Political matters have heated up a bit, and that’s what I like to call an arrow opening. How I'd fire them: UP Mike Beebe — Staff stumbles aside, he finally makes the bold move that has seemed his destiny since the early 1980s. He has many solid attrib

Editorials June 16

Mike Beebe and Asa Hutchinson disagree over whether the property tax should be used to improve the public schools. They’ll have many more disagreements if Hutchinson wins the Republican gubernatorial nomination. (Beebe seems to have placed the Democratic

Editorial cartoon June 16

Government finds new ways to provide services.

It was an axiom of old-time conservatives that government should be run like a business. (New-time conservatives say that government should be run like a church.) Those old-timers would be pleased today. Government and private business have never been mor

Editorial cartoon June 16

Get ready for Mars invasion

Charlie Mars didn’t get a chance to absorb much of his native Little Rock – his parents left here when he was barely a year old. But he’s come back enough in recent years, in from touring his with guitar to places far away as England, to find out he lik

Go fish

In addition to the annual gardening seminar for newcomers to Arkansas each April, I do a fishing seminar for newcomers to Arkansas in June. Lots of tips. Hot new lures. Little-known lunker holes. Bait and tackle how-to’s. Qs & As.

The price of drugs

Do you think you are paying too much for the medicine you have to buy at your neighborhood drug store? Most people do, especially poor people, older people and people like me who don’t have medicine insurance and have to take more than a half a dozen pill

Give us five

Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack will be celebrating its fifth year in business starting Tuesday, June 21, and co-owner Chris King says that he’s “stoked” for the club’s “Fab Five” festivities. The week will feature a solid lineup of bands, as w

Smart Talk

The Senate’s consideration of a resolution apologizing for the Senate’s longtime failure to pass an anti-lynching law — a resolution probably adopted by the time this sees print — brought to mind the most famous of the Arkansas lynchings, which was also t

Letters June 16

Let’s put your money where your mouth is, Arkansas. Write or call your representatives and tell them and Mr. Huckabee to cough up money for the veterans home.

TV highlights

INSIDE THE ACTOR’S STUDIO: MORGAN FREEMAN 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18 Bravo (Comcast Ch. 50) Not afraid to take both the meatiest (“Glory,” “The Shawshank Redemption”) and the cheesiest (“Dreamcatcher,” “Kiss the Girls”) roles, Mississippi Delta nat

No ties allowed

Sure, sure, I’m cutting it a little close. But I have no doubt there are plenty of wives and children out there who still haven’t figured out what to get the dads in their lives for Father’s Day. Or, horrors, who might even have forgotten about it altoget

Killing me softly

Though it’s all champagne and roses at the beginning, marriage is no picnic. Trust me — after eight years of wedded bliss, I’ve learned things about my beloved wife that I never wanted to know about myself, much less another human being. (As for her discu

Orval June 16

Almeda Riddle

Almeda James Riddle, who was born Nov. 21, 1898, in Cleburne County, was educated by her parents and later said her father, who also sang, taught her to read music before she could read words.

Lounge act

There’s a reason why elevator music is played quietly — so a group of strangers suddenly cramped into an intimate space, each anxiously waiting for their floor, can all ignore each other by tapping their feet along to a synthesized version of the Beatles’

Words June 16

“You’ll be happy to learn that after four years at Rebsamen Golf Course, Fern the border collie is still on the job, and still putting the fear of God (or, His palindrome) into the goose menace.” — From the “Ask the Times” column June 2. Barbara

Right the wrongs now

The U.S. Senate, following a wonderful American tradition, adopted a resolution this week expressing “the most solemn regrets of the Senate” for blocking anti-lynching legislation for some 85 years while more than 4,700 people were tortured and killed at

The Observer June 16

The Observer has been a devotee of the naked mole rat since reading about them some years back in the Wall Street Journal, and so we are happy to be able to go to our own zoo and see them in the (naked) flesh. Twenty-three mole rats arrived at the zoo in

The week that was June 8-14

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … The ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT. Rather than wait another 10 years or so, a narrow majority decided to review constitutionality of the legislature’s efforts to comply with the Lake View school equity r

This Modern World June 16

What's cooking-capsule reviews

What's cooking: Jason's Deli, NYPD Pizza. Capsule reviews: Chung King, Jo Jo's.

Rolando's sets spa on fire

A label should accompany the menu at Rolando’s, the new restaurant in Hot Springs across Central Avenue from the Arlington Resort Hotel: Warning, some food objects may be hotter than they appear.

Smoke 'em while you got 'em

It’s not always about being first. Last week Pine Bluff became the second major city in Arkansas, after Fayetteville, to ban smoking in public places.

More picks June 16-22

The Arkansas Times Summer Music Series kicks off with award-winning guitarist Steve Davison and Mickey Rigby on Saturday, June 18, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Oval Gallery, 201 W. Capitol Ave.

Taxed by fund-raisers

It’s summer, and event organizers are gearing up for the fall season of those benefit art auctions that seem to fill the fund-raising calendar then and in spring. One of the artists the planners will call on is Kevin Kresse, a Little Rock painter and scul

It's now or never

The state Supreme Court did the right thing the wrong way. Last week, the Court voted 4-3 to reopen the Lake View case. Special masters will review the work of the legislature in meeting the court’s 2002 order to provide Arkansas children with an adeq

Getting their kicks

Those thousands of kids you see wrapped in white robes this weekend, June 17-19, are in town for the the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) World Championships at the Statehouse Convention Center.

Key high-rise alarms worked

Though the assistant fire marshal writing a final report on the deadly May 5 blaze at Cumberland Towers has been “wrestling” with some of the details, she said her investigation so far indicates key fire alarms worked as designed the night of the fire.

Wildwood's Tosca

In Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” the singer Floria Tosca is driven by love and music, but she can’t escape life’s tricky turns. The Wildwood Festival of Music and the Arts brings “Tosca” to its stage for two performances this weekend.

Proposed new rules for access to court records stir unrest

Trial lawyers and journalists are concerned about proposed new rules to govern access to court records in Arkansas, and it appears their objec-tions will cause at least one change in the proposal.



Crime free

It was a hot day in the cold city, the streets full of mugs mopping sweat — one of them days when all you want to do is park in your dump under the blower; just you, a deck of Luckies and your collection of shoulda’s, woulda’s and coulda’s. Gotta rack the